• Tap into Culture in Fort Collins

     
    POSTED July 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Fort Collins
  • Tap into Culture in Fort Collins

     
    POSTED July 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Fort Collins
  • Tap into Culture in Fort Collins

     
    POSTED July 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Fort Collins
  • Tap into Culture in Fort Collins

     
    POSTED July 8, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Visit Fort Collins

When thinking about Fort Collins, my mind always goes to great beer and a vibrant downtown historic district. The community is home to more than 20 craft breweries, including the fourth largest U.S. craft brewer, New Belgium Brewing Co. However, there is a significant artsy side that groups should plug into as well when meeting in this northern Colorado community.

Painted Pianos & Transformer Cabinets

Create a team-building scavenger hunt to find some of the 100 pianos painted by artists that are rotated to locations around Fort Collins. Now its 10th season, the piano project is a collaboration between the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program, Bohemian Foundation, and the Downtown Development Authority. It’s fun to sit down and play a tune while admiring the art. 

Or create a challenge to find some of the 377 transformer cabinet murals throughout the city and propose some new ideas. Introduced in 2004 as a graffiti abatement program, the Transformer Cabinet Mural Project lowers maintenance costs and adds colorful art installations in unexpected places. Local artists and nonprofit groups paint the cabinets in this collaboration between the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program and Utilities Light and Power. 

Places to Create

One of the coolest make-your-own projects for groups that I’ve run across is designing and creating your own custom shoes at Colorado Shoe School, with options ranging from one to five days. Participants work in a custom-built studio that resembles a towering treehouse in Bellvue, a small community about 15 minutes from downtown Fort Collins. Making sneakers is a one-day effort, while slippers require two days and shoes/boots five days. 

For projects that take less time, head straight for Extra Arts & Drafts, Fort Collins’ first maker’s bar that opened in March 2021. Groups can create upscale DIY projects like leather objects, moss or string art, macrame, bottle openers, resin jewelry, and more while sipping a beer, wine, cider, or non-alcoholic offering. 

Live Music

During summer, the alfresco music scene comes alive in Fort Collins. Groups, visitors and locals alike can enjoy tunes five days a week. Most are free, and there is typically the option to purchase food and beverage. Why not join in the festivities if your gathering isn’t too large or utilize the venues and local bands for your own private gig?

Add a little color and style by embracing the art while meeting in Fort Collins. 

The Gate Expansion Program not only has delivered 39 new gates to Denver International Airport (DEN), there will be colorful new artwork. The expansion increases the airport’s capacity by 30%, making it easy for groups to access meeting and event destinations in the state. Outposts of favorite local restaurants also are being added throughout the facility.  

Public Art by Detour

 

When it comes to planning a holiday party for your team or a client, isn’t it nice when you don’t have to worry much about decor? It helps not only the budget but also your checklist.

Here are four of Colorado’s best-known historic hotels from around the state that pull out all the stops to add sparkle and festive activities that delight groups and leisure guests.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver

 

Gary Schirmacher is devoted to serving others and the industry he cherishes.

Gary Schirmacher, CMP, is one of only two people who have chaired the global foundations for both Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). It is fair to say he is one of the most connected individuals in the meetings and events industry, as no one gets elected to international roles such as these without excelling at building relationships, fundraising, and bringing expertise to the table.